Yesterday the year 8 Rugby League team travelled to Skelmersdale to compete in the national competition round 1. They faced St Peters from Orrell, Wigan who over the last few years have been described as one of the best teams in the country at this age group.
The players didn’t let that phase them at all and were on the front foot from the first whistle. Some excellent defence from St Peters stopped them from scoring early on.
A couple of mistakes from Whitehaven gifted St Peters field position and they soon crossed for the first try of the game just before half time.
Half time: St Peters 6 Whitehaven 0.
Whitehaven came out with some fire in their bellies for the second half, Curtis Bowes found a gap in the defence and dived over from dummy half for their first try of the game, Blaine Graham slotted the conversion over and the scores were level at 6-6.
Constant pressure from Whitehaven had St Peters rocked and it was only after a Whitehaven error that St Peters were able to go ahead 10 – 6. The conversion was successful and Whitehaven trailed by 6 going in to the final 10 minutes.
A penalty to St Peters gave them a chance to go further ahead and they scored with a neat little move from close range, another successful conversion saw them 18-6 to the good.
Step forward man of the match Blaine Graham who quickly sliced through the defence to score the best try of the day, unfortunately the conversion was unsuccessful but Whitehaven had their tails up for the final 5 minutes.
Constant pressure on the St Peters line from the ever reliable half back combination of Connor Underwood and Daley Stables who tried everything to break the oppositions defence was to no avail as the final whistle blew and Whitehaven were defeated 18-10.
A special mention to our players’ parents who travelled 3 hours down the motorway to support our kids, an absolutely fantastic effort from 1-17. The St Peters coach mentioned how good Whitehaven were and the lads had a good spirited journey back up the M6 with heads held high and a hugely proud head of year.
Whitehaven must now travel to St John Fisher School, Wigan for their second chance game.
Big thanks to Egremont RL for the loan of their kit.
Mr T Hetherington
Head of Year 8